Bevin asks lawmakers to extend budget deadline
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is pleading with lawmakers to extend their deadline for approving a two-year state spending plan.
House and Senate lawmakers ended budget negotiations late Sunday night without reaching an agreement. The legislature is scheduled to meet for the final time this year on Tuesday. But the latest they could meet under state law is Friday.
Bevin said state taxpayers expect lawmakers to pass a budget so the government can operate. He said he should not have to call lawmakers back to Frankfort for an expensive special session while they still have time to work out their differences.
House Democrats say they are willing to extend the deadline while Republican Senate leaders say they are not.